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Re: [oletrucks] Happy Easter All

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Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Happy Easter All
From: "Allen Jones" <jonesal@u.washington.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 15:41:29 -0700
I'm using this tire size on original 16" truck wheels.  Just be sure and
paint them before mounting the radials (and don't use car wheels or the
probability of the wheel splitting will increase).  A couple of the wheels I
used were a little pitted, but so far (several months), I haven't had to add
any air.  As far as looks go, they looks pretty close to stock to me.  Note
that these are 75s, not the typical 80s or 85s, so they are very tall and
skinny.  No beers here......  Also, I think the beauty rings add a real nice
touch (and are readily available).  They sure screw up nice paint though....

Radios are still out there, although not like belly buttons, however they
are pricey.  I found a nonworking one for $50 and restored it myself
(changed all the tubes, resistors, caps, vibrator, etc. refaced the front -
it even worked the first time I fired it up!).  There are a couple of
Chevrolet brands I've seen for '47 to '53 (US vs. Canada), and I've seen one
aftermarket brand that was sold in the 50s that appears to be of better
quality but has a wild, big chrome faceplate (I think it looks yucky, but
some might get off on it).  Of the Chevrolet brand, the 1953 model appears
to be the simplest internal design (as they all have a similar faceplate
design that I've seen).  Installation manuals, circuit diagrams, and
calibration stuff is also readily available for all models of radios.  Oh,
as an aside, if you don't want to drill a hole for the antenna, running
board antennas are still out there but are very pricey (and don't work as
well as a cab mounted one).

Allen in Seattle
'50 3100

----- Original Message -----
From: "Durwood B. Darbin" <dhckdkcsk@hotmail.com>
To: <taobrien@baynet.net>; <oletrucks@autox.team.net>
Sent: April 22, 2000 11:50 PM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Happy Easter All


Yes the tires will fit on the original rims but they might look funny
because most original rims (at least mine) were only 4.5 inches wide and I
think that the minimum recommended width for yours is 6 inches.  Also the
jury is still out if they will hold air since the originals are tube type.
Other oletruckers say that they haven't had any problems holding air using
tubeless tires but then again who knows how many beers they had before they
make those claims.

>Does anyone know if 225/75/R16 tires will go on the original AD 16 inch

Check out Jim Carters catalog.  He has the beauty rims and restored radios.
The radios are kinda pricey butwhathehey he gives a 10% discount to oletruck
members.  Another avenue for beauty rims would be going to a large 'wheels
and custom rims' store.  They sometimes have trade in rims and rings pretty

If these
>tires will work out I'll be looking for 16 inch beauty rings so a trade
>might be possible.  Also am looking for an original AD (1951) radio.

51 1/2 ton 5 window

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